careless, untidy, or slovenly: slipshod work.
down-at-heel; seedy; shabby.
Archaic. wearing slippers or loose shoes, especially ones worn at the heel.

Origin of slipshod

First recorded in 1570–80; slip1 + shod
Related formsslip·shod·ness, slip·shod·di·ness, noun

Synonyms for slipshod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slipshod

Contemporary Examples of slipshod

Historical Examples of slipshod

  • In Paris, the slipshod condition of the army had been publicly denounced.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Sick of slipshod morality, men were sending for their wives and children.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • The slipshod Russian way of handling things gets on his nerves.

  • It's a job that cannot be done in slipshod, haphazard manner.

    Medal of Honor

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Nothing must be sloven or slipshod; every door, every fence, must be kept in repair.

British Dictionary definitions for slipshod



(of an action) negligent; careless
(of a person's appearance) slovenly; down-at-heel
Derived Formsslipshoddiness or slipshodness, noun

Word Origin for slipshod

C16: from slip 1 + shod
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Word Origin and History for slipshod

1570s, "wearing slippers or loose shoes," from slip (v.) + shod "wearing shoes." Sense of "slovenly, careless" is from 1815, probably from the notion of appearing like one in slippers, or whose shoes are down at the heels.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper